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The Dog Days of Baseball

By Zac Richardson -- April 20, 2012 8:20 AM EDT


I have watched the opening day of baseball from a luxury box, I have been to (the increasingly rare) double-headers, and I have seen pennants clinched, but the most enjoyable outings I have had are those when I can bring my dog along with me. Commonly known as "bark in the park" games (as well as "pets in the park," "pooches in the ballpark," "dog days," and countless other variations), these promotions have gained a significant following in recent years-- especially in the minor leagues, though half of the Major League teams will host dog-friendly games this season, as well.

Regardless of the venue, there is usually an array of dog-themed vendors, giveaways and activities for all to enjoy. And the fun often starts early, with players and managers frequently getting into the act by showing off their own pets, as well as pregame parades around the stadium or on the field in which to walk your dog. Seating-wise, there is generally a special section set aside for you and your friend-- but it is advisable to make arrangements in advance, as these tickets can sell out, and you may be required to preregister and/or present information regarding shots and vaccines (there tend to be more of these types of restrictions at Major League parks).

With "bark in the park" games in eleven different minor and Major League stadiums on Saturday and Sunday, this coming weekend serves as an unofficial kickoff for the popular promotion in this young season. To these ends, listed below are the teams and venues hosting "dog days" through the end of May, and be sure to check back later next month for more future dates: nowhere else will you find this complete of a listing, so with our help-- and with more than 100 teams across America holding dog-friendly games this season-- you are sure to find a stadium nearby where you can watch a game with your best (furry) friend!

Saturday, April 21st

New York Mets (Citi Field)

Pawtucket Red Sox (McCoy Stadium)

Washington Nationals (Nationals Park)

Sunday, April 22nd

Charleston RiverDogs (Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park)

Charlotte Knights (Knights Stadium)

Clearwater Threshers (Bright House Field)

Mobile BayBears (Hank Aaron Stadium)

New Orleans Zephyrs (Zephyr Field)

Potomac Nationals (Pfitzner Stadium)

Trenton Thunder (Mercer County Waterfront Park)

Tucson Padres (Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium)

Monday, April 23rd

Louisville Bats (Louisville Slugger Field)

Tuesday, April 24th

Cincinnati Reds (Great American Ball Park)

Pittsburgh Pirates (PNC Park)

Wednesday, April 25th

Fort Myers Miracle (William Hammond Stadium)

Friday, April 27th

Hickory Crawdads (L.P. Frans Stadium)

Saturday, April 28th

Dunedin Blue Jays (Florida Auto Exchange Stadium)

Sunday, April 29th

Lake Elsinore Storm (The Diamond)

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Coca-Cola Park)

Memphis Redbirds (AutoZone Park)

Salem Red Sox (LewisGale Field)

Thursday, May 3rd

Bradenton Marauders (McKechnie Field)

Friday, May 4th

Daytona Cubs (Jackie Robinson Ballpark)

Saturday, May 5th

Springfield Cardinals (Hammons Field)

Sunday, May 6th

Bowie Baysox (Prince George's Stadium)

Bowling Green Hot Rods (Bowling Green Ballpark)

Charleston RiverDogs (Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park)

Gwinnett Braves (Coolray Field)

Houston Astros (Minute Maid Park)

Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Arvest Ballpark)

Monday, May 7th

Birmingham Barons (Regions Park)

Wednesday, May 9th

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark)

Thursday, May 10th

Lexington Legends (Whitaker Bank Ballpark)

Friday, May 11th

Augusta GreenJackets (Lake Olmstead Stadium)

Saturday, May 12th

Lakewood BlueClaws (FirstEnergy Park)

Tuesday, May 15th

Greensboro Grasshoppers (NewBridge Bank Park)

Texas Rangers (Rangers Ballpark in Arlington)

West Virginia Power (Appalachian Power Park)

Wednesday, May 16th

Cleveland Indians (Progressive Field)

Richmond Flying Squirrels (The Diamond)

Saturday, May 19th

Omaha Storm Chasers (Werner Park)

Sunday, May 20th

Albuquerque Isotopes (Isotopes Park)

Brevard County Manatees (Space Coast Stadium)

Kansas City Royals (Kauffman Stadium)

Lake Erie Crushers (All Pro Freight Stadium)

Norfolk Tides (Harbor Park)

Salem Red Sox (LewisGale Field)

Stockton Ports (Banner Island Ballpark)

Tuesday, May 22nd

Fort Myers Miracle (William Hammond Stadium)

Pittsburgh Pirates (PNC Park)

Wednesday, May 23rd

Chicago White Sox (U.S. Cellular Field)

Normal CornBelters (The Corn Crib)

Tulsa Drillers (ONEOK Field)

Saturday, May 26th

Buffalo Bisons (Coca-Cola Field)

Los Angeles Dodgers (Dodger Stadium)

Sunday, May 27th

Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Field)

Joliet Slammers (Silver Cross Field)

Rome Braves (State Mutual Stadium)

Tuesday, May 29th

Asheville Tourists (McCormick Field)

Jacksonville Suns (Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville)

Wednesday, May 30th

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Rancho Cucamonga Epicenter)

Thursday, May 31st

Southern Illinois Miners (Rent One Park)

For a complete list of MLB Dog Day events, see this comprehensive article at BreedTrust.com.


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